Raunchy, satirical, political, and profane, Swamp Dogg is one of the great cult figures of 20th century American music. The creation of Jerry Williams, Jr., an R&B producer and songwriter of the '60s, Swamp Dogg fit no tidy category. In sheer musical terms, Swamp Dogg is pure Southern soul, anchored on tight grooves and accentuated by horns, but the Dogg is as much about message as music. Williams incorporated all the mind-bending psychedelic ideas of '60s counterculture -- drugs, sex, radical politics, social politics -- into the framework of deep soul, establishing his blueprint on 1970's Total Destruction to Your Mind, then spinning out variations over the next several decades, never having hits (although Total Destruction to Your Mind apparently went gold at some point), but earning a rabid cult following while raking in royalties through his behind-the-scenes work, which included penning the country standard "She's All I Got," popularized by Johnny Paycheck. In 2013, Swamp Dogg received a considerable boost in profile when Alive Naturalsound reissued Total Destruction to Your Mind and its 1971 followup Rat On! in March; the albums were followed by reissues of 1973’s Gag a Maggot and some of Williams’ '70s productions for other artists.
Creative Loafing Stage at Lion Square
Oakland Cemetery will again swing its historic gates open wide May 19th and 20th as the Historic Oakland Foundation welcomes more than 100 performing artists to the grounds of Atlanta’s oldest public cemetery for the second annual Tunes from the Tombs. The music festival draws several thousand music fans, Oakland supporters and curiosity seekers to the 162-year-old Victorian garden cemetery located near the heart of downtown Atlanta to see and hear live music in one of the most unique settings in the city. Tunes from the Tombs features musicians performing in and among Oakland’s extraordinary monuments, mausoleums and renowned gardens. Several main stages will host amplified artists, while buskers/street performers will perform on distinct vignette stages throughout the cemetery. Many genres of music will be represented; Rock, Folk, Americana, Jazz, Classical, Big Band, R&B, Soul, Funk, Country, Blues and everything in between. Among the acts booked for this year’s Tunes from the Tombs are famed songwriter/performer Peter Case (known for his early alternative acts The Plimsouls and The Nerves). Also on the bill are The Whiskey Gentry, Lucy Dreams, Abby Wren and What It Is, NBC’s The Voice contestant Rebecca Loebe, Ocha La Rocha, The Villain Family, Young Orchids, The Clap, Ghost Riders Car Club, Blake Rainey and his Demons, 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Alexa Woodward, Jon Byrd, Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers, Sol Junky, The Bonaventure Quartet, Leticia Wolf, Stephen Simmons, and many, many more. The full schedule is available at www.tunesfromthetombs.com. (For individual performer spotlights, capsule reviews and high resolution photographs, contact Pete Knapp at 678.986.4931 or via email at email@example.com) Tunes from the Tombs will be held May 19 and May 20, 2012. Gates open at noon each day on the grounds of Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312. Tickets may be purchased at the gates and will be $10 per day or $15 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $5 or $10 for a two day pass. Children 3 and under are free. There are two entrances; our main entrance at Oakland Avenue as well as the entrance on Memorial Drive across from Six Feet Under. The festival closes each day before dusk. In addition to the souls who reside at Oakland, Tunes from the Tombs will have plenty of spirits: wine and beer, plus a variety of local foods. Free guided mini tours of the cemetery will be given throughout both days, or have their fortune read by Atlanta’s own Robyn Avalon. In keeping with Historic Oakland Foundation’s green initiative, festival attendees are encouraged to ride MARTA to the King Memorial Station. The Atlanta Bike Coalition will also be on hand to provide valet bicycle parking outside the main gate on Oakland Avenue. Parking is also available on Grant Street at the Grady Health Systems lot, behind the MLK Marta station for $5. Parking proceeds benefit Oakland as well. All proceeds benefit Historic Oakland Foundation. Last year’s inaugural Tunes from the Tombs event raised more than $22,000 that went directly to the operations at Oakland. The work of the Foundation is supported by grants from charitable foundations, events like Tunes from the Tombs and memberships. A family membership in the Historic Oakland Foundation is only $65, individual memberships are $40. This year’s sponsors include: Six Feet Under, Creative Loafing, Scoutmob, Criminal Records, AM 1690 – The Voice of the Arts, Café of Life (Grant Park), Community Music Centers of Atlanta, Craft Creation & Design, Doc Cheys, Pete Knapp & Company, 4th Ward Heroes, Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts, Hodge Podge Coffee, Melwood Springs, Orange Amplification, Republic, The Stacks, Avatar Events Group, Tin Lizzy’s, and Woo Web Design & Development. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/oaklandoregon or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OCATL. A Facebook events page has been created for Tunes from the Tombs 2012 at https://www.facebook.com/events/342843285779406/ with up-to-date information.
Sounds Like: The Replacements, Old 97's, Wilco
Label: Do you need those these days???
Bio: Sodajerk began in Pittsburgh with longtime friends Bucky Goldstein and Poppa John Tucker and ended up in Atlanta where the band was rounded out with Blake Parris and Freddy McNeal. Uniting the best of the North and South, they mashed the booze filled swagger of The Replacements with the tear-in-m...See Full Bio
"Poppa" John Tucker
“Pittsburgh’s own alt-country band deserves a record deal. Bouncy tunes, great hooks, and plenty of drinkin’ and cryin’”